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Occupational Therapist - Occupational Therapy - East Coast Forensics Hospital

July 10 2020
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Health, Medical, Therapy Services
Dartmouth, NS

Req ID: 77985
Location: Central Zone, East Coast Forensic Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3002114 MHA CZ ECFH Occupational Therapy
Type of Employment: Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Healthcare
Bargaining Unit - NSGEU
Posting Closing Date: 17-Jul-20

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


The Occupational Therapist is a member of an interdisciplinary team and will collaborate with other members of the team while providing assessment, provisional diagnosis, consultation, and psychotherapy. The incumbent will also provide specialized occupational therapy assessment and interventions. Work will include both individual and group treatment. The successful candidate will be required to participate in quality improvement initiatives including peer supervision processes for ongoing clinical development. Additionally, interaction with learners is expected. Some local travel may be required.


• Graduate of a C.A.O.T recognized School of Occupational Therapy
• Must be licensed with College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS)
• A minimum of two years relevant experience
• Maintain current certification in CPR
• experience in a forensic environment would be an asset
• BLS-C (HCP) Certification
• Knowledge and understanding of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
• Counselling skills required
• Demonstrated experience conducting both individual and group treatment
• Ability to reach a joint formulation with the client and family
• Familiarity with various psychotherapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution focused therapy, and/or motivational interviewing
• Ability to demonstrate effective time management and disciplined self-organization
• Awareness of local community resources and agencies would be an asset
• Self-directed in his/her practice with an ability to work independently and as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team while dealing with challenging clinical situations and crises
• Excellent communication skills
• Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) certification an asset
• Demonstrated experience in conducting functional assessments and writing reports
• Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
• Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.

*** A skills test may be included as part of the Selection Process ***

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Long Assignment, Full Time (100%) Position; 75 hours bi-weekly (Approximately One Year Term)

Salary Information

$31.6939 - $40.0221 hourly.

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

This is a Healthcare bargaining unit - NSGEU position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Employees are encouraged to view their seniority hours and dates in their SuccessFactors online profile. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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